This is the eighth post in my 'A Canadian's guide to jacket' series.
Previous posts here: down-filled parka, fur coat, car coat, wrap coat, layered jacket/vest, peacoat, down vest
THE FORECAST: 0°C. Freezing downpour, windy. (a.k.a. the WORST)
THE OCCASION: Anything that absolutely requires me to be outside, rather than curled up under a blanket on the couch
THE JACKET: MEC Gortex rain parka
I keep this jacket around for the weather I dread the most: wind whipping up icy particles that sting every exposed bit of skin, before melting into a permeating dampness *shudder*. The jacket is old and kind of ugly, but it's functional and waterproof. (I spray it twice a year with an all-weather protector). I layer my quilted down jacket underneath for added warmth.
The one thing that puts a smile on my face is my Kamik Flora rain boots. I discovered the brand when researching alternatives to Hunter boots. They're Canadian manufactured, 100% recyclable, and surprisingly warm. I've only owned them for a year, but they seem built to last. Plus, I get compliments every time I wear them!
Jacket - MEC
Jacket - Lole
Hat - Gymboree
Gloves - Winners
Jeans - Forever 21
Boots - Kamik via SoftMoc